Crabtree ends holdout, comes to terms on 6-year deal with 49ers
NFL.com Wire Reports
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Michael Crabtree have agreed to a six-year contract after several months of difficult negotiations.
Team spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the deal in a text message to The Associated Press early Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
Michael Crabtree, the 10th player taken in the 2009 draft, became the last to sign a contract with his team. The former Texas Tech wideout agreed to a six-year deal with the 49ers. Complete first-round signings ... NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that if Crabtree meets certain performance goals in two of the first four years of the deal, the sixth year would void.
The 10th overall draft pick sat out offseason minicamps and organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury, but was a regular presence at the Niners' training facility. He was the last pick from this year's draft to sign.
Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, sat down with three top 49ers officials Tuesday to work through his contract impasse. The former Texas Tech star had balked at an offer of five years and $20 million, instead seeking money comparable to higher draft picks.
The first-place 49ers are off to a 3-1 start without Crabtree, but their offense ranks 28th in the NFL. San Francisco's passing game also ranks 28th and none of the team's wide receivers rank among the league's top 50 in receptions.
The 49ers needed to have signed Crabtree by Nov. 17 for him to have remained eligible to play this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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